Author Archives: Maren

Hunting empathy in my backyard

In the last year, since we hung the feeder,I have become so full of joywatching the birds come and go, their antics,the brave defense by sparrowsagainst blue jay incursion. But it hangs empty now,as we abide by guidanceto stop spread … Continue reading

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WINTER – guest post by Heather Kelly of Aotearoa, New Zealand

In the midst of Winter –seasonal, S.A.D. and dark soul like,God painted an interactive pictureof His glory edging the cloudswith gold;Filling the middle foregroundwith small birds feeding, flockingFlying.A sight to encourage, consoleand comfort. Balm for my soul. Here is my … Continue reading

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Honoring Juanita Helphrey

(In 2022 Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team will have a new name: Guardians. My denomination, the United Church of Christ, has repeatedly asked for the name and branding pictures to change from the “Indians,” since General Synod 1991. The team … Continue reading

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Beatitudes for this Week

Jesus felt the prayers and came out of the clouds, sat down to listen to deep cries of this world, this week.Then Jesus taught us, not to hunt for where we fit into receiving a blessing but for whom and how … Continue reading

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Benediction

God created heavens, oceans and earth –with aardvarks, clown frogfishand everyone’s adolescence.God sent us an ancestor named “Laughter”and a prophet like Jonah.God so loved the world,that God didn’t send a committee … May your tight places be loosened,your heavy burdens … Continue reading

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Holy Communion Liturgy for August 1, 2021

I have been sharing Communion liturgy since April of 2020 (myself or someone who has donated a service to me). This liturgy is shared freely to churches. Please use any pieces of this service helpful to you, and abridge, adapt, … Continue reading

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Prayer for Indonesia in the midst of Covid

God, I pray for my friends in Indonesia,where the Delta strain of the virushas killed so many,it is the most deadly place in the world. I pray for those who grieve,for those who struggle for a vaccine,any vaccine, even Sinovac,for … Continue reading

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Prayer for Firefighters in the US West

God, known and namedby the fire that did not consume,just a bright image of holyin Moses heart, I have reminded myself with parables,lifting up my facein the pouring Northeastern rain,removing the church candlesso today they will not be lit, of … Continue reading

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Prayers for the flooding in Western Europe

God who always walks across water,come to the people of Germany,Luxembourg, Belgium,Switzerland, the Netherlands, Tenderly reach out a handfor those who grieveso that they do not sink. Get into the small boats of fearof those who wait for 1300 missing. … Continue reading

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Prayer for Penelakut Tribe

Creator, we pray for the memoryof one hundred sixty childrenfound in British Columbia’sSouthern Gulf Island,near Kuper Island Residential School, who were not unloved,but whose graves were unmarked, who were not without tender family,proud tradition, and deep history,but whose graves were … Continue reading

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